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Managing malnutrition with oral nutritional supplements benefits the whole healthcare system

In July 2015, two comprehensive reviews showing that managing malnutrition with oral nutritional supplements benefits the whole healthcare system, were accepted for publication.

Appearing in Clinical Nutrition, the peer reviewed medical journal of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), the articles reveal exceptional findings on the cost-saving and clinical benefits of oral nutritional supplements (ONS).

Amongst the results, the reviews have shown that managing malnutrition with ONS can produce an average cost saving of around 10% compared to standard care across a broad range of patient groups. Also,  In hospitalised patients, ONS use is  associated with fewer deaths, a reduction in complications and shorter hospital stays.

The full text of the hospital review is available for access and download at the following link:

The full text of a systematic review of the cost and cost effectiveness of using standard oral nutritional supplements in the community and care home settings will be available in the coming weeks.

The reviews were undertaken by experts in clinical nutrition in a variety of healthcare settings and disciplines, combined with expertise in health economics and knowledge of different healthcare systems across Europe.

For those interested in having a brief overview of the key findings, we encourage you to check out the summary that has been prepared:

For those interested in seeing some of the results presented visually, we encourage you to check out an infographic that has been developed to help tell the story of why managing malnutrition with ONS benefits the whole healthcare system. 



This year, between 12 and 15 July in Milan, the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) conference will focus on health economics and nutrition.

Gathering speakers from across the globe the congress will host some of the world's top health economists. Participants will include representatives of the public authorities, academics, young researchers and others from the healthcare sector.


Delivering Cost Savings and Clinical Benefits in Disease-Related Malnutrition:

Can We Afford Not To?

Tuesday 14 July 2015: 8:30 - 10:00 A.M.

In this symposium, led by experts in their field, results from two new systematic reviews will be presented on cost-saving and cost-effective management options.


  • Prof Charles Normand (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)


  • Prof Alessandro Laviano (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)
  • Prof Marinos Elia (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • Niamh Rice (Previs Healthcare Ltd, Dublin, Ireland

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit:

iHEA Congress Programme and registration

Disease Related Malnutrition Backgrounder

Glossary of terms

MNI Members
  • Abbott
  • Baxter
  • Braun
  • Fresenius Kabi
  • Nestlé HEalth Science
  • Nutricia
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